I came across an interesting rumor today at Android Headlines and I thought I gotta share this – it regards Samsung’s next phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. You see, there have been countless rumors about this much anticipated device, but so far the most interesting is that a model of the phablet designed for ‘emerging markets’ will come with an LCD display and an 8 megapixels rear camera. This rumor apparently came out of a South Korean news outlet ETNews which has in the past published images and rumors of unreleased devices, especially those made by South Korean’s LG and Samsung and Sony.
This new rumor, if true, could mean that Samsung is making a specific model of the Galaxy Note 3 for the African and Middle East markets that will sport an LCD display and not the Super AMOLED screen that the main model of the phablet will sport. The device is also expected to have a 13 megapixels camera that the Galaxy S4 came with but the leaked information indicate that at least one model – including one bound for the emerging markets – will have an 8 megapixels camera. In the past, Samsung has never been so choosy or too aggressive when it comes to Galaxy Note devices – starting with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2.
ETNews goes ahead to say that about 30% of the Galaxy Note 3s rolling out of the production line will be this variant but it is not clear just which ‘emerging markets’ they will be shipped to because 30 percent of all the initial devices seems a lot for Africa and Middle East markets only. Earlier, there were rumors that there may be a number of Galaxy Note 3 variants (perhaps like the Galaxy S4 variants) but there is no evidence to back this up either.
Samsung has however tried to reach every consumer in the market when it comes to their flagship smartphone as it launched different versions including a mini-version, a mega version, rugged version and super camera version – you know what they are. Could the performance of the Galaxy Note 2 made Sammy work on a lesser impressive (and I am assuming cheaper) version of the Galaxy Note 3? Could the retail price of Galaxy Note 3 be so high that Sammy has to make a downgraded version for some markets? We cannot tell now.
My assumption is that in using cheaper components in this version of Galaxy Note 3, Sammy aims at making the device as much as $100 cheaper. Do not worry though, here in the US, Samsung will retail the Super AMOLED (HD) and 16 megapixels version, unless of course the cheaper model for emerging countries makes its way to the local stores.
You can read earlier reports and rumors we published on the Galaxy Note 3 including expected date of release, a comparison of Galaxy Note 2 and 3 display panels, the colors the phablet will come in and rumored processors in different variants